The Margaret River Wine Industry Association is proud to announce Clairault | Streicker Wine Estates as its 2016 Viticulture Excellence partner which will again feature a travel bursary as the award this year.
Stuart Watson, President of the Margaret River Wine Association said today “As an Association we believe quite simply that good vines make the finest wines; you cannot have one without the other. It is to this end that we created and uphold the opportunity to highlight excellence in viticultural practices within the region. The award allows us to recognise the importance of quality fruit in maintaining and enhancing Margaret River’s hard won international reputation.”
An independent judging panel is appointed to assess all applications which are based on written submissions, site inspections and fruit gradings. Previous panel’s feedback is that they have found it quite difficult to choose a winner, given the high level of vineyard management and practice in the Margaret River region.
All previous winners of the award have chosen to travel internationally be that Europe, North America and New Zealand. Upon their return they share their learned knowledge with Margaret River colleagues in keeping with the objective of the award to improve viticultural practice throughout the region.
“Given the clear and unambiguous link between vineyard management, viticultural practice and fine wine production Clairault | Streicker seized the opportunity to become involved in partnering with Association in its Viticultural Excellence Award. John Streicker fell in love with Margaret River in 2001 and has continued his pursuit of making ultra-premium wine, from what he believes to be the best wine region in Australia. We are very proud to sponsor this award which assists in the development of our wine region, its people and their skills that will benefit the region for years to come.”, said Angela Gosden, Clairault Streicker’s General Manager.
“On behalf of the Association I readily acknowledge that in committing to the Viticultural Excellence award Clairault | Streicker would be ineligible to enter. This was typical of the altruistic approach of its owner John Streicker who strongly believes in encouraging and striving for excellence.”, said Mr Watson.
The winner and a guest will also have the honour of attending the Clairault | Streicker Anniversary Dinner in February 2017. This black tie event celebrates Clairault's 40-year history since the first planting in 1976, and Streicker’s initial establishment in Yallingup in 2002.
Applications for the 2016 Clairault | Streicker Margaret River Viticultural Excellence Award can be found at the Association’s website www.margaretriverwine.info.
ENDS – Dated 31st August 2016
For further information, please contact Margaret River Wine Association CEO Nick Power on 0400 516 555 or Angela Gosden, Clairault Streicker General Manager on 9755 6225.